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For the week of February 26th, 2010

@COE is published every Friday. Be sure to check out the news for this issue as well as the Career Services dedicated student version

Please send your submissions for @COE to Kim Cowart in the Engineering Communications Office at kcowart@utk.edu.


Faculty News and Announcements

Dr. Baoshan Huang Dr. Takeshi Egami has just received 2010 J.D. Hanawalt Award from the International Union of Crystallography, with S. J. L. Billinge. The Hanawalt Award is awarded for excellence for important contributions to the field of x-ray powder diffraction.





Award Winners

COE Annual Report 2009The UT College of Engineering Office of Engineering Communications received a Bronze Citation of Excellence at the 2010 Addy Awards ceremony last Saturday night. The award was for the 2009 College of Engineering Annual Report. The creative team for the project included Kim Cowart, Director of Engineering Communications; Mitchell Williamson, Graphic Designer; and Rip Noel of Noel Studios, photographer. The Addy Awards are sponsored by the American Advertising Federation Knoxville Chapter and are held annually to recognize outstanding achievement in marketing, communications and advertising.


Dr. Baoshan Huang Sameer Ranjan Paital, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, working under Professor Narendra B. Dahotre, received the first place in the graduate division poster contest at the recently concluded The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) annual meeting, held February 14-18, 2010 in Seattle. His poster, titled “Wetting and Corollary Biocompatibility of Laser Synthetic Surface Micro Textures for Bone Tissue Engineering,” was chosen as the best one by the organizers of the Biological Materials Science Symposium at the 2010 TMS Annual meeting. A part of the research was performed in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The award includes $500 in prize money, a 1st place Ribbon and a certificate from the organizers, along with 1 year’s free registration to attend TMS upcoming meetings.


Outreach News

Ready for the World Winners

Winners of the College of Engineering Study Abroad fellowships have been announced! Laura Poland, sophomore in Materials Science, has been awarded a research internship in Germany for the summer. Carrie Lloyd, junior in Chemical Engineering, and Ethan Cansler, freshman in Aerospace Engineering, are each doing general education studies this summer at Cambridge University, England. See article on the College Outreach site.


Don’t miss this opportunity! Engineering students planning to study abroad in the Fall, 2010, semester, should apply for COE study abroad fellowships by March 5, 2010. The website deadline is March 2, but Dr. Parsons is being kind. Application information is available on-line.


MSE Seminar Announcement

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering will be hosting a seminar

“State-of-the-art Characterization by Nanoindentation
for High Stability Creep Measurements”

Dr. Nicholas Randall
CSM Instruments, Needham MA
9:30 – 10:45 a.m., Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
217 Perkins, University of Tennessee-Knoxville Campus

Dr. Randall has a background in materials science and his Ph.D. focused on development of an instrument that combines nanoindentation with Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). He has been responsible for the CSM Instruments US office in Boston since 2002 and continues to develop new and novel applications in the surface characterization field. He is also chairman of ASTM G02 committee, responsible for developing and improving Tribology test standards.

For more information about the seminar, contact Dr. Yanfei Gao.


UT Space Institute News

John MuratoreJohn Muratore, professor in Aviation Systems at the University of Tennessee Space Institute, was a part of a feature article in the Air & Space Smithsonian Magazine for March 2010.

Muratore, a former NASA employee, was the program manager for the X-38-V132 project, based at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas during the period 1998-2002. Flight Test Engineer for the X-38 was future astronaut, Michael E. Fossum. Created as an alternative and emergency means of bringing up to seven International Space station (ISS) crewmembers back to earth, the X-38 was designed to fit in the payload bay of the shuttle.

X-38 V-132 Crew Recovery VehicleThe X-38 would have served as a lifeboat in the event the station had to be evacuated or it would have served as an ambulance in case someone was gravely injured on the station. The battery system would last approximately nine hours and be used for power and life support.

The CRV had a parafoil parachute that deployed in four stages to slow and stabilize the vehicle for a safer landing.

As a partner in the X-38 project, the European Space Agency was looking at modifying the shape of the CRV into a crew transfer vehicle to fly people up to and back from the space station.

The project was within eighteen months and $50 million of being launched into space on its first test flight when NASA cancelled the funding. The program had performed 8 atmospheric tests of the vehicle, dropping from the wing of a NASA’s B-52 at the Dryden Flight Research Center.

In October 2009, the X-38 V-132 Crew Recovery Vehicle (CRV) was sent to the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland, Nebraska, on permanent loan. It was welcomed by a high school band, a mayor, and a lieutenant governor.

“Our plan was to derive a version to put on [the European launcher] Ariane 5 – that’s why we modified the shape. We’d have had an alternative access to the station,” said Muratore. “Sooner or later, we’re going to have to build another rescue vehicle…especially as space evolves more toward commercial operations, there’s going to be a need for rescue.”


Attention COE Seniors: Senior Gift 2010

Dr. Christopher CherrySenior Gift 2010 is especially important, as your gift will benefit your fellow engineers via the College Fund for Engineering. The College Fund for Engineering has recently served as a crucial resource for college-wide programming such as Engage, expanded advising services, and the Pre-Collegiate Scholars Program as well as for purchasing specialized equipment and facility renovations.

In addition, a Senior Gift in support of the College Fund for Engineering will allow the college to seize future opportunities and jump-start future initiatives. Please consider joining your classmates in support of Senior Gift 2010. Your Senior Gift will not only serve the immediate needs of engineering students, but it will set a wonderful example for other seniors, graduate students, underclassmen and future engineering students.

Please visit the Office of Engineering Development in 120 or 121 Perkins Hall in order to make a Senior Gift via check or credit card or contact them via email at engrdev@utk.edu for more information.


Office of Professional Practice Spotlight

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Office of Professional Practice spring event dates have been set. Students are encouraged to mark their calendars now so they don’t miss out on these opportunities!

Interview Workshop

March 1: 5:00 p.m. 27 Alumni Memorial Building

Learn what employers want to see and hear during an interview, and brush up on interviewing skills before attending the Engineering Fair.

Engineering Fair

March 4: 4 to 7 p.m. UC Ballroom

Engineering students are invited to attend dressed for success to discuss opportunities with business partners from corporate America. All engineering students are encouraged to attend for networking opportunities and potential interviews from employers who are completing their own interview schedules.

Spring Fair

Interview Day

March 5: Neyland Stadium East Skyboxes

Engineering Fair interviews will be held in the Neyland Stadium East Skyboxes; students with interviews should enter at Gate 26, next to Estabrook Hall.

For more information on any of these events, or the engineering co-op/internship program, contact the Office of Professional Practice at coop@utk.edu or 865-974-5323.


Office of Professional Practice Student Feature

Ryan DeLozier

Ryan DeLozier is a mechanical engineering major who spent the fall 2009 term on his first co-op rotation with BSH Home Appliances in Jacksboro, Tennessee.

“On my co-op assignment I have been doing all kinds of work in the design engineering lab. This first semester I am spending most of my time out in the lab and learning from the lab technicians about all of the tests that are necessary for ranges and cooktops, and also just gaining a general knowledge of the product. I have been doing some gas-flow rate analysis, implementing new prototype parts, testing oven doors and griddle components, etc.

“Oftentimes I will get specific parts from the plant and ship them to BSH associates worldwide – and let me tell you, shipping to a Turkish or German address is rather strange and has a lot of paperwork involved! I have been able to get to know my way around the manufacturing plant pretty well, and I have gained a lot of knowledge involving the ranges and cooktops, how they function, and how they are assembled. For instance, I have recently been working on a prototype glass retainer that one of the designers has made in order to reduce costs in the oven door assembly.

“While I have been building and testing all kinds of parts, I have also been able to attend many meetings and see how the engineering process works for my particular company, BSH. I have seen firsthand what goes into making small changes in the product design and the number of people involved in the process of producing a Thermador range.

“I have been able to assist the design staff on many of their projects, and I have also been able to share my ideas, a few of which have actually led to design changes that are now in effect in the product. It has been a wonderful experience thus far, and the work environment could not be better. My department is productive and at the same time offers a certain level of comfort that I think benefits everyone.”

For information on engineering co-op and internship assignments, contact the Office of Professional Practice at coop@utk.edu or 865-974-5323.


Student Opportunities

Gilman LogoBenjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Summer 2010 & Fall 2010/Academic Year 2010-2011 Application Open – Deadline: April 6, 2010

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce the opening of the Fall 2010 online application with over 1,700 scholarships to be awarded.  A limited number of summer awards will be available to students majoring in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) that meet the program's standard eligibility criteria listed below.

  • Enrolled as an undergraduate student at a two or four-year U.S. Institution
  • United States citizen
  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of study abroad
  • Participating in a study abroad program that is no less than 4 weeks and no more than an academic year
  • Receiving academic credit
  • Study in any country not currently under a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Cuba

Study in any country not currently under a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Cuba

Summer 2010 & Fall 2010/Academic Year 2010-2011 applications are now being accepted online and are due April 6, 2010. For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, application deadlines & timeline, and application process, please visit the Gilman website, contact the Gilman Program at 713-621-6300 ext. 25 or email gilman@iie.org.


Washington, D.C.

Congressional Internship Program

Upon the initiative of the Chancellor, the University of Tennessee is developing a Congressional Internship Program. This summer, the university is planning send five students to Washington, D.C. to intern with Tennessee legislators.  In order to participate in the program, the student must:  

  • have a 3.0 GPA, completed at least 60 hours, and be in good standing with the University;
  • be available to complete the internship during May and/or June.

There are a limited number of need-based scholarships available.

Students can find additional information and the application on the web. The application is due by March 1, 2010.


Undergraduate Summer Research

All undergraduate students enrolled at the Knoxville campus are eligible to apply. Up to 75 internships at $2,000 each will be awarded to support students who will work on a research or creative project with a UT Knoxville faculty mentor for two months in the summer of 2010. Funding is provided by the Office of the Chancellor and the Office of Research. For more information, visit here or contact Jane Taylor.


Career Services Announcements

Career Services

For a list of all upcoming Career Services workshops and events or more information on the events, visit our newly designed website and click on “All Events” in the “Upcoming Events” box on the right.


Diversity logoDiversity Job Fair (all majors)
Monday, March 1
Thompson-Boling Arena, Ray Mears Room
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The purpose of the Diversity Job Fair is to connect students from different backgrounds with employers who are committed to diversifying their workforce. The event is designed for students from a variety of populations, such as students with disabilities, the LGBT community and individuals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, etc. However, the Diversity Job Fair is not intended to exclude anyone. You define your own diversity.

Log in to your HIRE-A-VOL account for a list of employers attending the fair, types of positions available and desired majors. You can also submit your resume to employers in advance through the RSVP feature.


Job FairSpring Job Fair (all majors)
Tuesday, March 2
Thompson Boling Arena, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Spring Job Fair is our final campus-wide job fair (all majors) of the school year. This event's primary focus is on graduating seniors seeking full-time employment.

Log in to Hire-A-Vol for a list of employers attending the fair, types of positions available and desired majors. You can also submit your resume to employers in advance through the RSVP feature. Current employers include: Alabama DOT, Bechtel, Belden, BMW, BNSF, FBI, Garmin, General Dynamics, CTX, CCSX, Denso, Siemens, Redstone Arsenal, ORAU/ORNL and many more!

Dress professionally and bring multiple copies of your resume. Visit the Career Services website for resume assistance. Visit here to view the list of employers attending.


Career Services Announcements

The following companies have scheduled on-campus interviews during the Spring season for full-time and/or internship engineering positions and are now accepting resumes through your HIRE-A-VOL account. If interested, please check to see if you are qualified and note the deadline to submit your resume.

Postings subject to change. Additional opportunities will be added as companies post listings and schedule interviews for Spring 2010 recruiting. Don’t forget to check for additional job postings that are not coming to UT to conduct interviews and be sure that you are utilizing the resources under the “JOBS” tab in HIRE-A-VOL – NACELink and EmployOn for positions across the country and internationally.

Computer Technology Solutions, Inc. (CTS) - IT Consulting Internship & Analyst I - Submit by 3/5

Schlumberger - REMS Engineers & Scientists - Full-Time and Internships - Submit by 3/5

Manhattan Associates - Associate Consultant - Submit by 3/9Dr. Baoshan Huang

Pepsi Bottling Group - Operations Development Program or Sales Development Program - Submit by 3/9

Strand Associates, Inc. - Civil Engineers - Submit by 3/22

To schedule an appointment for resume review, interview and job fair preparation or the job search process, call 974-5435 and ask to make an appointment with Leslie Fox, Engineering Career Consultant. Career Services is located in 100 Dunford Hall on Volunteer Boulevard.



TVA/UT Career Services Engineering Student Intern/Ambassador Program MUST SUBMIT RESUME BEFORE SPRING BREAK - MARCH 5th deadline!

The UT Office of Career Services and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) are partnering in a joint venture to employ a UT Engineering student for a TVA internship during Summer 2010 and a 10-hour per week position at UT Career Services during the academic year 2010-2011.

The person chosen for this position will receive a paid internship for the Summer of 2010, working directly for TVA. Additionally, the student will serve as an Ambassador for TVA during the Fall/Spring semesters 2010-2011.

The person chosen for the position will also work in the UT Office of Career Services (100 Dunford Hall) for 10 hours per week for 14 weeks for both Fall and Spring semesters 2010-2011. If possible, the chosen student will work for 1-2 paid hours per week during April 2010 for training purposes.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right person. If interested, please submit your resume through HIRE-A-VOL by March 5, 2010.

Qualifications: Freshman/Sophomore standing in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering.  MUST HAVE COMPLETED 30 HOURS BY MAY 2010. At least a 2.75 GPA. Membership(s) in Engineering clubs and/or organizations highly desired. Ability to intern with TVA in the summer of 2010 mandatory. Skills in event planning, presentations, electronic communication and familiarity with Facebook, Twitter and or other social networking media desired.

For more information, see the job posting in HIRE-A-VOL or contact Leslie Fox.



Please e-mail Leslie Fox at lfox6@utk.edu with any questions about Career Services.



If you have submissions for @COE, the college's electronic newsletter, please send them to Kim Cowart at kcowart@utk.edu by 12:00 noon on Thursdays.